We ring for service on a Sunday morning between 0930 and 1000 and practice on a Monday evening between 1930 and 2100. We also ring for weddings, special services, national celebrations and other important events. Visitors are very welcome to join us on a Sunday morning and a Monday evening
The bells themselves are a mixture of ages and founders. Our oldest bell, the fifth, was cast in Chepstow in 1709 and included in its inscription are the impressions of a Charles II coin. The tenor bell was cast in Gloucester in 1789 and weighs just over half a ton. In 1909, the bells were comprehensively overhauled by John Taylor & Co. of Loughborough who recast two of the bells, retuned the other bells and added a new treble bell to make the ring of six that we have today. A new frame and new ringing fittings were provided at the same time. To celebrate the centenary of this work another major overhaul took place in 2008 when the bells were rehung by Andrew Nicholson of Bridport.
Since the bells were restored in 1909, there has always been a keen band of ringers at St Augustine’s. Our current band are a diverse group of people of all ages and we are a very sociable bunch. We always visit the Monkstone Inn after practice on a Monday and also enjoy outings, dinners and other social occasions. We are members of the Llandaff & Monmouth Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers and can often be seen supporting Association activities. In particular, we enjoy ringing competitions and have been fortunate to win several in recent years.
During the First World War, Rumney was notable for having a complete band of female ringers who learnt to ring as the men had been called up to fight. This tradition of female ringers has remained strong at Rumney. The first peal for the Llandaff and Monmouth Association by a complete female band was rung at Rumney in 1965. On 22 April 2018, six of our current band marked the centenary of the first all-female quarter peal in Wales by ringing another quarter peal. More details can be found here.
For more information, and to enquire about joining our ringing team, please visit our group page.